If we were having coffee it would again be virtually. How’s lockdown 3.0 going for all those in the UK? Not much different for me so far, as I’ve been shielding since March 2020.
If we were having coffee I’d ask if you can believe it’s 2021?! I don’t know how that happened.
I thought 2021 was going to be our year. I’m already waiting for 2022.
If we were having coffee I’d ask if it’s really still January? It has felt like forever. I don’t know why, when the past year just flew by even though I hardly left the house. We must be on day 3952 by now…
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I need to get out more.
Yes I’d love to be gigging and fine dining, obviously. But right now I just mean going outside. I’m not one for winter at the best of times. It’s cold. I’d never hang around long, but I had to venture outside to get to the places I wanted to go. But now there’s nowhere to go, there’s no reason to get cold. Hence I’ve been inside for way more days than is healthy.
If we were having coffee you’d know that now is when I’m usually thinking about my aims for the year, the things I have planned. Well, plans are something I’m not really into right now. I’m not jinxing the year. I’ve already had rescheduled gigs rescheduled.
I have an Emily Dickinson quote on my Instagram bio that I’ve always loved, being a fan of the small moments. I think this means more in current life than ever.
‘Forever is composed of Nows’
Like. It snowed!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you how much I love snow, and it’s even more exciting because we have it so rarely. It’s weird how the world just looks so peaceful when it’s covered in white fluff. It does, though, doesn’t it? Before it turns to grey slush that is. But that didn’t happen. Because although we had a good few centimetres, it was gone by the following morning.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I learned something new the other day that I shall share with you now. Who knew triple tapping a paragraph selects it all?! This is on my iPhone and may well be the case for other devices.
Selecting and editing text can be the bane of my life. I type much of my blog posts on my phone, you see. That may sound a little crazy when I have a perfectly good MacBook, but there are two reasons why. One, I find it much quicker because it’s a tiny little keyboard that my fingers can reach without too much effort. Two, I don’t set times to write, I write as I think. Sporadically. As I can’t get the MacBook set up myself, it feels quite the palaver sometimes. So I use that for the big stuff. Stuff that needs looking at on a big screen or an actual properly formatted website.
Working in miniature is ideal for me, until it comes to selecting text. Those little draggy dots can be a fiddle.
By accident when editing a piece where I wanted to cut, paste and play with font I had the shakes and selected a whole paragraph. Frowny faced, I wasn’t sure how so carried on typing until the twitch happened again and I realised I’d triple tapped! So there you go, if you want to select a whole paragraph give it a triple tap. You already knew this though, right?
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I did a jigsaw. A real life one. You may remember my slight obsession with a jigsaw app last year? Well secret Santa (that isn’t very secret) must have known, as I received an actual jigsaw puzzle for Christmas.
I used to enjoy jigsaws as a child, and have fond memories of doing giant ones with my Nan. The kind that took days if not weeks to complete and had many shades of blue sky.
This jigsaw wasn’t quite that kind of challenge. With 100 pieces, cartoon animals and fuzzy textured pieces I have a feeling it wasn’t aimed at a nearing 36 year old! But that’s good by me.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’ve joined an online SMA craft group, (SMA as in Spinal Muscular Atrophy). The online community has been fantastic during the pandemic. With many of my SMA pals shielding too, it’s been full of advice, supportive ranting and motivation.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I think I’ve lost more during this past year than I’d realised. Ok, so I’ve obviously missed friends and family, we all have. I’ve missed concerts and festivals and lunch out and theatre and shopping trips and road trips and a holiday to Disney. And what this means is missed exercise. Not in the running and weight lifting kind of way. That’s not very me. But in the doing stuff way. Driving my wheelchair around a field for 14 hours. Trying to eat lunch at an awkward table. Catching the bus. It all sounds rather exhausting right now.
I craft, and I get my fingers working where they can. That’s not real life fitness though. The exhaustion of just going out on Christmas Day hit me harder than I remember. I’m weakening and the stamina is low. Nobody knows this better than the SMA community, and the support and motivation within the craft group is sure to get me working harder on the things I can do.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you not to let me slip. To make me get out of the house more for that essential exercise (when the weather is nice!). Just because the exercise isn’t conventional, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. There’s hopefully more on that coming soon.
If we were having coffee I’d also tell you this crafting group is going to be dangerous for me. I already have cupboards full of craft supplies and way too many projects in waiting…!
Which reminds me. This crochet wheelchair I saw on Instagram made my day!
This guy crochets dolls of people with skin conditions and disabilities.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m going to be taking part in #The100DayProject again. Last years project was timed perfectly, beginning just as lockdown 1.0 was starting and when I was advised to shield. It gave me a little something to work on everyday, a routine, continuity.
This year’s project was influenced by a Christmas gift and a craft I haven’t tried before. I’m getting a little obsessed though. Because I started early, as that’s the type of person I am. Early even when there isn’t anywhere to be.
It’s stone painting, and here’s a little preview.
Follow my creations and take part yourself over at Instagram. The project officially starts on 31st January. My hashtag will be #100DaysOfRocking
If we were having coffee I’d ask what your favourite dinosaur is?
My friend shared a meme recently that said ‘When you become a grown up, people stop asking what your favourite dinosaur is. They don’t even care.’
Mines a Diplodocus, purely because of the name and that were I a dinosaur I’d probably have been that. The one that’s always a little bit behind everyone else, with its head in the clouds.
Us adults need fun questions like this. So, what is your favourite dinosaur? And what question would you ask?
If we were having coffee what you tell me?